The old saying that "Life is Local" is especially true for Cowra's 2016 Festival of international Understanding.
While local collaborations are essential for the success of any event, this is doubly-so for this year's celebration!
The Festival has chosen local artist Shani Nottingham to create original water-colour paintings of Hibiscus flowers, uniquely associated with host nation, the Kingdom of Tonga.
This gorgeous, emblematic artwork is being used in all promotional material for the Festival.
Shani Nottingham is especially pleased to be commissioned by the Festival for the design.
"I am honoured to be involved and love the opportunity to work with the Festival on this project," the talented local artist says.
The artwork is being used in all of the promotional material, programs, posters, prints, and postcards that will be used for gifts and also for sale.
Continuing the festival theme of utilising Cowra-based talent, another local designer, Michelle Coombes from Yellow House has also been integral to the designs using this amazing artwork.
Michelle from Yellow House Design has worked extensively with Council over the years and has relished the chance to work with the original artwork.
"The artwork adds a richness to the designs and its always exciting dealing with local artists" Michelle said.
The Council believes that this collaboration completely represents what the Festival is all about, Understanding, Inclusion and Belonging.
The Festival runs from 11 - 20 March, with the Parade and Carnival on Saturday, 12 March.